In his book “Homecoming: When the Soldiers Returned from Vietnam,” Bob Greene stated: “The greatest indignity heaped upon the soldier waited for him when he returned home. ... Veterans were verbally abused and physically attacked or even spit upon. Many Americans do not believe (or do not want to believe) that such events ever occurred.”
Veterans returned from war to face the reality painted by Greene. Veterans have carried those demons for 50 years. Some live with them daily but all die with them.
A committee, sponsored by the Warhawk Air Museum, Nampa, culminated a lecture series titled “50th Commemoration of the Vietnam War.” It was warming to be reminded that America never lost a major battle in Vietnam. It was good to be reminded that we fought honorably. It was important to be told, after 50 years, that someone cared about what the soldiers of our generation did to protect American freedom.
Thank you to the dedicated committee members, volunteers and sponsors for this homecoming. It lifted demons from my shoulders. The committee’s steadfast thought and tireless hours of planning resulted in a healing program beneficial to all Vietnam veterans.
Gene Gray, Payette